Welcome to the Virginia Urban Wood Group, where we envision:

"A future where the economic value of the timber after the tree eventually dies,

is just as important as the many benefits it gives the community while living."

~ Damon Barron, Treecycle America

The Mid-Atlantic Urban Wood Forum:  "Applied Practices in Utilization" held August 15-16, 2017 in Richmond Virginia brought together urban wood and forestry professionals.  This event, sponsored by Virginia Department of Forestry in partnership with Trees Virginia, the Virginia Urban Wood Group and the U. S. Forest Service, featured presentations by many urban wood experts from across the United States and an urban wood field trip on the second day. 

Check out photos from this event!

AGENDA

Presentations from Day One

Damon Barron:  Redefining Urban Forestry

David Barmon:  Urban Lumber, The Future of Forestry - Coming Soon

Mike Galvin:  The Baltimore Wood Project

Sam Sherrill: Starting An Urban Forest Products Business - Coming Soon

Richard Anacker: Integrated Woodlot Management - Coming Soon

Shaun Preston: Baltimore City's Camp Small:  Urban Wood Utilization and Zero Waste Initiative

Chris Fields-Johnson:  Davey Wood Recycling

Lemuel Hancock: Woodstock Virginia-Many Bends, Perfect Break - Coming Soon

Presentations from Day Two

Alan Moore:  Update on Urban Wood Utilization in North Carolina

Dru Preston:  Georgia Forestry Commission, Staff Forester, Forest Utilization Department

Duff McCully:  Managing DC's Urban Forest

Ellen Roane:  Pennsylvania Urban Wood Utilization Current Status

Joe Lehnen:  Virginia's Urban Wood Program

  

Purpose of the Virginia Urban Wood Group

The Virginia Urban Wood Group has been created to promote the improved marketing and utilization of urban and small acreage trees as a viable part of Virginia's forest products economy.

Financial support for the Virginia Urban Wood project comes from:  US Forest Service, Southern Region; Trees Virginia; and the Virginia Department of Forestry. 

 Virginia Urban Wood Group goals include:

  • Utilize outreach, education and innovative workforce development to assist in the development of small acreage service providers which can fill a contractor void between the arborist and the traditional production logger.
  • Improving the utilization of Virginia's urban and small woodlot forest resources via enhanced marketing opportunities.
  • Seeking opportunities to fulfill the interest and management needs of small property landowners who have concerns over issues such as forest health, fire danger and the proper management of their woods, with the ultimate goal of aesthetically managing their small forested property. 

What is Urban Lumber?

Many people ask us about our project and what it is all about.  This short YouTube video "What is Urban Lumber?" explains all about urban wood in a fun, but meaningful way.  Enjoy! 

Urban Wood Utilization Workshops

See photos here of the fourth "Expanding Business Opportunities in Small and Urbanizing Forests:  Managing, Harvesting and Utilizing Urban Trees" workshop which was held May 24, 2017 in Lynchburg VA at Camp Kum-Ba-Yah.

View pictures here of the March 28-29, 2017 Virginia Urban Wood Utilization Forum in Charlottesville VA.

Susan Poizner, a renowned journalist, filmmaker, gardener, and one of the founders of the Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard in Toronto, Canada, traveled to Virginia for the 2017 Trees Virginia "Canopy Count" workshop in Roanoke.  Her second day in Virginia was spent at the Roanoke Urban Wood Workshop in Hollins, where she recorded a video highlighting the workshop and also authored a blog detailing the urban wood program in Virginia. Click here to view Susan's video and blog!

Click here to see photos of "Expanding Business Opportunities in Small and Urbanizing Forests:  Managing, Harvesting and Utilizing Urban Trees" Workshop held in Hollins Virginia on March 9, 2017

 Virginia Urban Wood Group Members

Virginia Urban Wood Group Partners

Other Urban Wood Websites

Helpful Links

  • The Wood Database:  This thorough wood identification and information website provides color photos of hundreds of different domestic and international woods.  There is also technical information for each wood including specific gravity, hardness, shrinkage, rot resistance, workability, common uses and much more.  You will be amazed at the information on this site: http://www.wood-database.com/
  • Smart Phone Board Foot Calculator:  Norwood Sawmills has developed a board foot calculator, downloadable to both Androids and iPhones.  This mobile app give you instant estimates of the board-feet in your logs according to Doyle, Scribner and International log rules.  Bonus functions calculate the volume of sawn lumber and estimate the weight of your logs.  Download it today and give it a try!  http://www.norwoodsawmills.com/norwood-mobile-app

  Success Stories

Instructional Videos

Urban Wood Usage Forestry Fast Break:  A short video on the better use of urban trees 


 Grading LogsUrban trees and wood are often a neglected natural resource. The goal of this video series is to encourage the best uses of our urban-suburban trees. The Virginia Urban Wood Group has been created to promote the improved marketing and utilization of urban and small acreage trees as a viable part of Virginia's economy.

Milling Logs:  Urban trees/wood are often a neglected natural resource. The goal of this video series is to encourage the best uses of our urban-suburban trees. The Virginia Urban Wood.

  Directional Felling:  Cutting down trees in an urban setting can be a challenge!  Sometimes there is very little room for error when there are other trees, structures or utility lines in the immediate vicinity of the tree which needs removal.  The goal of this video is to introduce viewers to the Directional Felling technique.

 

Urban Wood Research

Click here to read "Waste Wood Utilization in Virginia's Interface and Urban Forests:  A Baseline Study of Industry Practices and Perceptions"

Before solving the challenges surrounding the marketing of urban and small parcel wood, there is a need to understand the underlying issues - physical, logistical, economical - all of which are impediments towards the better utilization of our urban trees.  Virginia Tech researchers, Dr. P. Eric Wiseman and Dr. Brian Bond, have collaborated on a research project which provides better understanding of these issues, including recommendations for future actions.

 

 

 

Did You Know:

  • Trees are some of the oldest living organisms on earth: some bristle-cone pines are thought to be more than 5000 years old.

  • Trees are the largest living organisms on earth: some coastal redwoods are more than 360 feet tall.

  • Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and save 20-50 percent in heating energy.

  • Every state has an official State Tree. Virginia adopted the flowering dogwood Cornaceae Cornus florida as the State Tree on February 24, 1956.  The dogwood is well distributed throughout the...

  • Most tree roots are in the top 12 inches of soil.

  • A mature tree removes almost 70 times more pollution than a newly planted tree.

  • One large tree can provide a supply of oxygen for two people.

  • Most trees do not have a tap root.

  • Well-maintained trees and shrubs can increase property value by up to 14%.

  • In one day, one large tree can lift up to 100 gallons of water out of the ground and discharge it into the air.

  • A birdhouse hung on a young tree branch, does not move up the tree as the tree grows.

Contact Trees Virginia

(434) 295 6401

900 Natural Resources Drive, Ste 800
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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Upcoming Events

Board of Directors Conference Call
10-18-2017 9:00 am
Category:  Free
Southeast Virginia (SEVA) Urban Forestry Roundtable
10-23-2017 9:00 am
Category:  Free

Our Partners

American Grove     Virginia Department of Forestry     Mid-Atlantic Chapter International Society of Arboriculture